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>> the picture before that was pay back from the one of yesterday. keep sending card and photos and tweet them to us at fox friends first and e-mail us. it is fun to see the old pictures. that was clearly an '80's shot . the perms we all wore, too. >> we thought we looked fine. >> have a great day, folks. "fox and friends" starts right now. ♪ >> gretchen: you think they could can have come up with a better way for the perms to smell though, ladies, they stuck. good morning, it is thursday december sixth 2012. i am gretchen carlson. hold the phone. president and speaker hold a fiscal cliff call. there is a problem, the white house doesn't want to budge. >> we face no agreement that doesn't involve the rates going up on the top two
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percent. >> gretchen: so is it really progress or a stand still. >> steve: meanwhile the reverend behind this nativity scene. live pictures and he has a message from the federal government. merry christmas, government. you are not the real savior. the reverend joins us live this christmas season. >> brian: super storm sandy couldn't wipe out his home but something else did. >> she said to me. are you sure your house is gone. you misplace a pen and pencil but not a house. >> gretchen: how the entire house vanished."fox and friendst now. ♪ ♪ "fox and friends". >> steve: a house is something that is not easy to misplace. if you leave it there, you come back and it is there.
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>> gretchen: you hope that happens. we'll fill you in on the details. in the meantime what happen in a phone call. a lot can happen, right. you can get in fights and agreements and compromise. hum, i am not so sure that happened in the phone call between speaker of the house john boehner and president of the united states, barack obama. did they come to a conclusion. it is now the president's turn. >> brian: it is a week since the president and speaker talked. i do not know at of this moment who called who. >> steve: we know no details. >> brian: it is good there is no details. i just talked to the president and he's not listening to me . i talked to the speaker and he dug in. that is a good sign. >> steve: keep in mind, the last offer on the table was made by the republicans. the republicans are waiting
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for a counter offer. the white house said that is not serious, we are waiting for a offer from the republicans. tim geithner was on cnbc yesterday and asked whether or not the federal government is preparing to go off the fiscal cliff in particular this administration. he answered unfortunately in the affirmative. here's tim. >> if republicans do not agree to that is the administration prepared to go over the fiscal cliff. >> we face no prospect of agreement that doesn't involve the rates going up on the top two percent. >> brian: he also said he believes that the president needs to get control of the debt limit. that is a nonstarter. there is no way to get congress to give up control of debt limit. >> steve: republicans are saying let's cave and surrender on the tax issue.
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but coming up in 2013 we have leverage over the debt limit. remember the president of the united states his personal approval ratings went in the toilet. >> brian: as is the congress. >> steve: the congress didn't have as far to because they were close to the floor anyway. republicans say let's have leverage next time and the president said let's take that off of the table and from now on the president doesn't have to negotiate from congress. congress doesn't like that one bit. >> gretchen: usually when you are holding the cards in the negotiation you don't have to budge. that's the position the president and time geithner feel. they feel they hold the cards and they won the election and they believe the american poll believe the rich should be taxed more. that's why they are holding firm. i found it interesting that they floated out the leaks to
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the press yeah, the president would be willing to go over the fiscal cliff and then he sent out his guy tim geithner in the interview and answer almost before the question was finished being asked. we are willing to go over the fiscal cliff. why? to square the members to call their members of congress. if you talk to business people and people in the banking industry they are not concerned about the fiscal cliff and i am not sure why. maybe they feel it is going to get done. this is very, very interesting. >> steve: i think there are people who are optmistic that something can happen in the long run. >> brian: we get past this hurdle and we might get on a roll. >> steve: john boehner said
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the republicans point of view. we don't have to raise rates on the top people. we can tighten things up and close the loop holes and deduction. actually that the president of the united states's point of view back last year . now he said it is all about tax rates. this is the president in a flash back. >> what we said give us 1.2 trillion in additional revenues which could be accomplished without hiking tax rates, but could simply be questioned by eliminating loop holes and deductions and engaging in a tax reform process that could have lowered rates. >> steve: he was for closing loop holes employ. >> gretchen: but that rhetoric doesn't fit in. >> steve: he destroys his
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argument today. >> gretchen: does it matter? politicians say one thing one day and another the other day. that is unfortunate. >> brian: i don't think it -- >> gretchen: it was about the one percent and 99 percent and not about closing loop holes. >> steve: they say one thing last year and another thing. >> gretchen: he's keeping with the cam on -- campaign message. one percent and 99 percent and that is why he is going full steam ahead with raising tax rates. >> brian: you can say i don't believe closing loop holes don't do something. you said in 2011 it would. bill o'reilly talked to marco rubio a star on the republican side. he said 85 billion a year if rates go up to 39 percent. it is nothing but symbolic, listen.
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>> my parents worked in the service industry and beaut a house. we always had more than we needed thank god and thank this country. it is only going to be possible in the future if we have limited government and free enterprise. people come here from all over the world to get rid of big government. i don't understand why we don't do a better job of lay out. i hope to be one of a multile voice to make that argument. it is the only way forward. we'll never be able to raise taxings. you can't generate enough. we need new taxpayers. >> gretchen: we didn't get our message out effectively enough. that is so true. the republicans actually have a legitimate message when it comes to the fact. if we increase taxings democrats have to cut entitlements. somewhere it gets lost in the shuffle.
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we ard from the president if we communicated better you would like my plan. what about the republicans, do we need a better mouth piece for the republicans to communicate? >> brian: in the end of the bi, the president is still campaigning, he said he wants to put a trophy in the liberal trophy case. that's what 85 billion will when you have a trillion debt. >> steve: americans tried to leave the country in better shape than they got it. we try to do better for our children and children's children. not this president. when you look at the debt and deficits he run up. he run up more debt than all of the other presidents combined and maybe the republicans should let the president go ahead and sail off of the cliff and do it for the next generation. keep in mind, somebody may have to pay the bill it may be our children and our children's children.
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do we want to leave the country in better shape. >> gretchen: they will not have enough pennies in the piggy bank. moments ago kate middleton and prince william left the hospital. she was admitted on monday after suffering from acute morning sickness. kate was treated by the queens doctors. she is headed to kensington palace where she will rest for a extended time. the rogue nation of syria has begun mixing chemical weapons and loading them in to bombs. it is raising fears that president assad will use them on his own people. >> if he would drop the gas, it would kill 100,000 people immediately and in damascus a million people could be affected. it is very serious.
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>> gretchen: fox news learns that the military drawing up contingency plans in case assad leaves syria. former chairman of chiefs of staff. admiral mike mullen's personal computer and his personal e-mail account was compromise aides insist no classified information was stored on the computers . the grammy concert held last night. kanye west and jay z tied for five nomination and taylor swift and llcool jay traded place it is. he took on her hit sopping. ♪ ♪ nashville. ♪ some day i'll be big enough so you can hit me. ♪ and all your ever going to
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be is me. ♪ why do you got to be so mean? >> gretchen: that's so great than kanye west interrupting taylor swift. ♪ got your hands up. ♪ you got your radio on. ♪ and every song. ♪ ♪ >> gretchen: and the 55th annual grammy awards will be held in los angeles. those are the headlines. >> steve: thursday morning, a long-time senator like you never saw him before. he's gone gangum style. that is allen simpson. >> brian: right.
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>> gretchen: big fox news alert for you. you are looking at brad new video this is kit kate middleton and prince william leaving the hospital. the expectant mom was hospitalized for morning sick. she is head to kensington palace for r and r. this doctor is the expert on
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this sort of thing. the big news is she's out of the hospital which from your point of view is good news. >> that means she will eat and drink and maintain her nutrition and weight. very good news. >> gretchen: what did she suffer from. >> for those of lucky of pregnant and children we know what morning sickness foals like. >> right. hyperemesis gravidarum is morning sickness on steroids . persistant nauseous and vomiting and unable to maintain nutrition and hydration that can lead a woman in a state of the sarvation that is bad in pregnancy and it is a condition that we don't understand the cause of and related to pregnancy hormones and it leads to seveerr dehydration and resulting problems for the fetus.
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>> gretchen: she was there in the hospital three days or so. what is the chances that she goes back in the state and needs to be readmitted. >> hyperemesis gravidarum starts in the fifth or six week of pregnancy and gets better after the ninth week and in second trimester it absolve would but some women it can go throughout the pregnancy. the majority of women get better in the second trimester. she may be readmitted to the hospital or receive care at home. she should get better hopefully. >> gretchen: do we know what causes it? >> we don't. we don't understand the cause of hyper memis. women who have sensitive to oral contraceptives or hormones may be at risk.
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women who have other gastrointestinal may be at risk. women who have motion sickness may be at elevated risk of hyperemesis gravidarum. we are not really sure what causes it. but it is horrible when it occurs. >> gretchen: one thing you didn't mention is twins. there is speculation that that is also a cause of the condition. >> correct. >> gretchen: have you seen that in your practice. >> twins are associated with hyperemesis gravidarum. higher lemps of pregnancy hormone. we don't really understood that yet. >> gretchen: it is good news that kate middleton was released and now everyone will watch her next move for the next six months. watch out kate. they will be coming out to you. good to get your thoughts. thank coming up on "fox and friends"
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>> brian: we are on waist watch this morning. not steve but maybe joels. it is the number of people collecting disability. currently 8.8 american workers are collecting disability. 1960 455,000 that's it.
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what happened to the healthy worker? >> steve: so are more people sick and disabled or are we wasting more money. joining us right now is radio talk show host and talking about a nation of moocherings. good morning to you, charlie. >> good morning. >> steve: has the number of people on disability gone up because they are moochers or more people need help? >> you have to ask yourself. we have had an epidemic of disability or dependency. it grown so much faster than the work force and the population of this country. as you point out going back to 1960. one out of five of the people getting disability insurance had mood disorders or back pain, now it is 50 percent . so obviously something has changed and we changed the definition of disability and deal with the issue of
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dependency and we turned the program. let's be honest about it. we want to have a program to take care of the generally disabled. it is another path of dependency and entitlement culture. >> brian: we found this. so many different identified mood disabilities. instead of saying bill and sandy is down a little today. you say we have a problem here. you think it is a identification of a mood disable that we didn't want to deal with. >> yes and no. we took things and medicalized them. we put a label on them . when you put other people's money behind and tax dollars behind them, guess what, you get an epidemic . this is one of those momes and say. do we want a safety net that is targeted at the generally
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misabled or creating another program for the takers in this society. it baloned to 130 billion a year and no indication it is going to slow down soon. quite frankly, the whole aproachh of the american with disabilities act. what this program is doing is saying, you don't have to work, we'll create a permanent alternative and unfortunately that means a lot of people are figuring out it is assesser to collect these checks than it is to get a job and integrate in society and learned what earned success is all about. >> steve: it could be a sign of a lowsy economy. so many people who need jobs and as you have detailed, it is relatively easy to get on the disability list. i need to feed my family and this is my last option. that's right. in a nation of moochers, part of what happens. if you are laying out money
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people come and take it. if the government is giving out free money, people are going to line up for that money and again, the disability insurance program is not supposed to be a jobless program and simply an economic program, it is supposed to be providing a leg up to people who need that help . unfortunately, i think it is something else. >> steve: there should be better standards. >> brian: a nation of moochers. charlie psyches, thanks so much. 26 minutes after the hour. >> steve: imagine returning home after work to an empty lot. your used to be right there and it is gone. >> she said to me are you sure your house is gone? i said you misplace a pen or pencil and you don't misplace a house. >> steve: we'll tell you the story. >> brian: sure sign that christmas is around the corner. a real live nativity scene set up on the plasa. we'll take you outside of the
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>> brian: we are back and it is it good news it is official. we have chosen the shot of the morning. [applause] ♪ ♪ gang num style. >> brian: there you go. republican senator allen simpson with a great personality going gang num style to draw fiscal cli. what is to his left. >> steve: that is a can. >> brian: all right. >> steve: see if he kicks the can. >> brian: that wouldn't be good. the 81 year old made the video to urge younger merrence to help solve the nation's crisis. simpson one half of the bowles commission. >> gretchen: that's why he did not kick the ca. he didn't need to kick the can down the road. he and bowles came up with a
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plan that everyone looked at and say nah let's kick the can down the road. >> steve: that is simpson bowles that is simpson beverage. >> brian: he pushed the can to keep dancing. >> steve: i have one more tune. >> gretchen: in a little bit we'll show you how many young people via social media know what the fiscal cliff is, guess what, they will need a lot more cans mascots dancing around the united states so that people understand>> steve: we explain it every day. >> gretchen: if you are waking up. headline news. tragic end to two missing cousins in iowa. hunters discover two bodies and police believe they are nine year old elizabeth collins and 11 year old lyric coo cook. they were last seen riding their bikes july 13th in evans
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dale. the bodyies will be sent to the medical examiner's office to be identified. >> it is difficult for us to go through and the people of the community. not only evans dale and all of the community that came together and showed support. >> gretchen: more details are expected to be released in a news conference scheduled for 5:00 p.m. tonight. >> steve: shock and disgust in the university of the colorado in the hours after the aurora movie massacre. thousands of internal e-mails released and exact moment officials realize they were in the middle of a major crisis. that reads "subject emergency. shooter in the rourr rour mall was james hol mes a former student. i am worried about the safety of the students and faculty . revealed that hol mes had a brief romantic relationship with a fellow grad student."
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>> brian: gretchen back to you . i will do the story. i feel i could do it better. this story will blow your mind. a new jersey man rurped to a new jersey home to find out the home was gone. it had vanished and not from the storm. nick maria tried to get answers why his dream house was an empty plot of land. he got a bunch of deadinds. township know what happened? i called the governor's office and asked the assistant what happened. she said are you sure your house is gone. i said you misplace yourr pen or pencil. but they climb it was blocking the road and had to go. he has picture to prove it is not the case. >> gretchen: since you thought you road the new jersey story better. >> brian: that's okay. toss to me. >> gretchen: brian. >> brian: teammates and family
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members attending the funeral for jovanble cher. he shot his girlfriend nine times and leaving her dead and killed himself at the row head stadium. the three month old daughter will be supported through college. who is going to be rex ryan in the guessing game, with -- >> who gives us the best opportunity to win and in particular this week and i think i kept coming back to that. i believe the correct answer is mark sanchez. >> brian: ryan benched sanchez in the win on on arizona. he is sticking with sanchez but admits he has to do a better job protecting the ball. in basketball. kobe bryant youngest player in nba history to have 30,000 career points. why do i say that.
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will chamberlain's previous was 35 in 179 day. lakers beat e hornets 103 to 87. it is a rare victory these days for them. >> gretchen: if you are not nice to me for the rest of the show. i will have this guy beat you up. >> brian: mike tyson will be on talking about his one-man show. what year is that. >> this is circa 1980. i was a boxer in my former life. what about the weather. >> steve: take a look and find out the day in store. you can see your breath outside. indicating it is on the chilly side. great lake states back through the midwest . scattered shower activity down on the florida keys and otherwise much of the country is nice and dry. current readings as you step out of doors and it is chilly.
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a lot of 30 degrees readingings here in the northeast and new england as well and in the big town of new york city. too shy ofg. 10 shy in maine . portions of the northern plains. there goes my ride . 50s in dixie land and portions of the gulf coast. i am glad you asked. next map shows you on thursday. almost 60 in kansasy city. temperatures in the cents in texas and gulf coast down through florida. 42 will be the high temperature here in new york city. smeeking of new york city. live on our plasa. we did this last year and they are back again. say hello to reverend rob shank with faith and action. we have a live nativity scene. >> you do. it is the same one that played out in front of the united states can supreme court. we are sending a powerful
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message to washington d.c. and doing it here in new york. >> steve: what are the thrings. >> how was the reception. >> it was very good. people streamed out of all of the federal buildings and we get idea that supreme court justices get a glimpse of we have stantial rights and that includes faith and freedom of speech and assembly. while this is the real reason for the season, we have to exercise our right. >> steve: you took this exact nativity down to the capitol and supreme court. we point out we have a baby live today as we did last year. it is 30 degrees. but that baby is wrapped in a electric blanket. >> nice and toast yewarm. this baby is helping to telegrap a important message. if we do this in front of the
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united states supreme court you can do it in your own town and community. we would like to see them in front of the courthouses and towns and county seats anditate houses. that is our right in this country and we remind the public officials it is their right to guard the constitutional god given rights. >> steve: you had trouble in santa monica because they put the cabosh on all of the nativity scenes and i know you are talking about that in the next hour it is a beautiful reason for the season. >> brian: merry christ-mas. >> steve: welcome from faith and action. baby is adorable. brian and gretchh, we have a camel. if anybody needs a camel. we have a live one. >> brian: get out of here. >> gretchen: is it one or two? >> steve: two humper and it made a noise. a camel sound. that is a cow sound. we didn't actually hear the
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cam pel. >> gretchen: e-mail and twitter which host you want to see on top of the camel. >> brian: if there is a camel expert. did they spit at their oppons. don't they. >> steve: where is the camel guy. are you the camel guy. hold on a second. i saw his truck when i drove in. you have a truck that said on the back. i need camels and your phone number. do camels actually spit at opponent. >> some of them can and these don't. these are nonspitting camelings. >> steve: thank you for bringing nonspitters here. that is the latest. >> brian: i didn't see that investigative journal size of you. >> gretchen: i thought it was only weather. >> brian: that's incred. >> gretchen: you are going on top of a camel. >> brian: something i have not done before. you heard aspirin is good for the heart.
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there is a catch and that is next. >> steve: chances are you are probably not a criminal. people want to save copes of the text messages. should that be allowed. the judge joins us after the break. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] with free package pickup from the u.s. postal service the holidays are easy. visit pay, print, and have it picked up for free before december 20h for delivery in time for the holidays. you can even give us special instructions on where to find it. free package pickup. from the u.s. postal service.
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to keep your everyone of your private message for two years. those messages can be the key to solving crime. >> steve: does keeping those text violate the constitutional rights? fox news judge nan -- ann said absolutely. >> the government is looking for short cut to keep us safe and request them after a tragedy. so some nut shoots people in er there is a call for gun recall . tragedy with a young boy murdered in rhode island and there was text messages that would have pointed to the true killer and the police seized it and do so unconstitutionally. the whole purpose of the constitution is to protect us from a government that is too strong and aggressive to the point it is arrestting people on a whim and seizing their information on a hunch . the constitution was written
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to prevent that. the government comes along and police organizations are lobbying the congress for legislation that would require private telecoms and computer servers to retain text messages in case police need them. can't do that. >> steve: they might keep them a day or month. >> it costs mon tow keep them. >> gretchen: that's my first point. police have subpoena power to take people's phones and see who texted them and just go to those particular individuals. >> when i was on the bench we would have 24-hour duty and meaning we are the judge to whom police come in a emergenciuation. they came to my home at 3:00 and 6:00 and could you tell me. >> gretchen: in your bath robe. >> in my gym shorts and a friend of mine issued a search warrant on the back of a
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motorcycle in a saturday afternoon. there is a record of what the police wanted and a oath taken by the cop that there is a crime going on . thus the constitution is enhanced. you can always get a search warrant in a short period of time. you don't need the short cuts, because little short cuts lead to big short cuts and before you know it no privacy. >> steve: we have to hang on for two years. they sit in a great big server vat. who exactly would have acess to it. there are a million questions and suddenly a great big record of all of the stuff we have been doing. we don't need that. >> the courts resolved this in 1791. people are entitled to security in persons, places and papers and thingings. >> steve: you are right about purses. >> purs, too. >> gretchen: and didn't envision your cell phone in
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your purse back in 1700. verizon said protecting your customers privacy. yet we have a legal obligation to proist customer information to law enforcement. >> verizon is wanting it both ways. if you have its product to receive its cable signals it will allow them to see what is going on in your living room. >> steve: by camera? >> yes, ifon can see it, the government can see. they are talking about both sides of the. nothing against the company and i am a customer but that is going too far. >> gretchen: let me pass out at the knowledge of my livingroom being exposed. >> steve: go ahead. >> gretchen: the judge has bread the pool . so far the votes were going in
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my favor and now let's enter the judge on the camel. everyone vote n >> god love you. >> steve: they showed him the votes and now saying show us the money. detroit, the city asking president obama for a cash bail out. >> gretchen: little kids shocked to see one of their dreams come true. got to love it. he passed out, too. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ man ] ring ring... progresso this reduced sodium soup
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>> g retchen: quick headlines. father of a missing little girl battling leukemia said she is safe and treated in mexico. doctors are worried she could get a deadly infection . coated aspirin may not be good for your heart. the drug takes longger to be absolved in the blood. unceeted aspirin may be a better choice. >> gretchen: back upstair to brian. >> brian: we didn't know about the story until the book came out. norad is tracking santa as he delivers prants since 1955. a new children's book shows how important the defense command is in keeping christmas safe. >> it was the night before chris nas in norad air base. each one was in place waiting
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for the first sight of good old st. nick on his christmas eve night. santa claus has gone missing? >> brian: michael keen is the author of the night santa clause got loss and norad saves chris mampts >> good to be here. >> brian: bring us back in the place when santa was in trouble and norad came to the aid. >> santa claus gets lost on christmas eve and military rescue santa claus so much time is elapse santa doesn't have time to deliver the toyce . the general used tanks and planes and ships around the world to deliver all of santa's toys and got to get santa's approval to help out. >> brian: you broke the story first time in the book. >> that's right. >> brian: and you are
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unclassifying the story. >> i got defense department approval. >> brian: ambassador rice denied it happened. we'll look into it. the book is out and fascinating to see that norad was a way for kids to track santa almost by accident. >> exactly 1955. colonel harry up the red phone it was the hot line between white house and norad to launch missiles in the height of the cold war . that phone rings and he picks up the phone and instead of hearing the pentagon he hears a little child's voice saying i want to speak to santa claus. he looks around the room and very upset. but the phone keeps ringing and the local sears store had misprinted the number for santa claus. >> brian: they picked up on that. >> they have a facebook page and applications on line. >> brian: there is not a time
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in my house on christmas eve. where the kids don't want to go track sant a. if he's close to north america. you don't want to be stuck in the kilmeade. >> great way for them to go to bed. >> brian: thank you so much. and the view of the military is fantastic. the night that santa got lost. >> thank you. >> brian: has any restaurant ever served you a bad meal. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] campbell's green bean casserole. it's amazing what soup can do meet the 5-passenger ford c-max hybrid. [ male announcer ] campbell's green bean casserole.
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problem? why aren't we hearing a lot about that, a lot of dough being thrown around. >> brian: how much do you know about the fiscal cliff? >> it reminds me about something i probably learned in school. but some type of cliff, the economy going pow. >> isn't that the government? this is embarrassing. >> brian: how many people really know what it is and what it means? we hit the streets. >> steve: indeed, and bob costas and his no spin zone to defend his half time gun control rant. what did he say and what does former nfl player think? he will join us live to react this hour. "fox & friends" hour two for thursday starts right now. >> gretchen: i thought the same thing that scarlet johansson was in times square answering
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ainsley's question. i thought what, a lucky day for steve and brian that yesterday they would have petra and today scarlet. >> brian: and the day before, victoria secret models. >> gretchen: what a week! >> steve: one of the young people when did respond said fiscal cliff, that sounds like something i probably studied in school. no. this is new. this is something that they've just fresh baked up for us. >> brian: this generation made it up! >> gretchen: they'll be paying for it. >> steve: for a long, long time. our children and children's children, consider the amount of dent this president has run up. this could be good news. the president of the united states did speak with speaker boehner yesterday on the phone. we know nothing about the call except they talked on the phone. we do know that the last offer, the counteroffer was made by the republicans. they're waiting for the white house. the white house at the same time says come on, we don't have another counteroffer because your last offer was a stinker. you, republicans, need to come up with a new one. >> gretchen: the thing is, they're playing hard ball right
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now. the white house has sent out tim geithner, the treasury secretary, instead of the president actually, to lead the negotiations and when he was asked yesterday in an interview, tim geithner, that is, whether or not the white house was in fact ready to go off the fiscal cliff unless republicans give in and raise taxes up to 39.6% on the wealthiest americans, did he hesitate in his response at all? no? >> if republicans do not agree to that, is the administration prepared to go off the fiscal cliff? >> absolutely. if there is no agreement that doesn't involve rates going up. >> gretchen: is that what the discussion is about? if you're watching the main stream media, it's about tax, tax, tax, tax. why are we taxing so much? because we really do have a spending problem. >> steve: or a deep hole. >> brian: i thought it was interesting. does geithner ever speak and
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make you feel better? all he does is -- i have a sense that it's something terrible is about to happen. having said that and this communication ability aside, i'm stunned to see him playing politics. he's flat out playing politics. he added if the president doesn't get his own way and get the power action undependentsed power to raise the debt limit and take it away from congress, that's also a nonstarter. since when is getting into that and saying if we don't raise taxes on the top 2%, we're never going to have a deal. really? doesn't he know the math? we all know the math. this is like throwing a nickel into the ocean. $85 billion on an annual deficit that's over a trillion dollars in debt. he's the money guy! how could he possibly trot out there -- i could see axelrod and david plouffe, but the treasury secretary knows it's not going to mean anything! >> steve: he's the guy whose signature is on our paper money and if they did jack up the taxes for the richest 2%, it could run our government for eight days. then what do you do with the
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other 357 some odd days. >> brian: i'm not saying to throw a nickel in the ocean. >> steve: no. absolutely. but interestingly enough, i was reading in the l.a. times today, it talked a little bit about how tax -- if they don't come to a deal, taxes don't necessarily go up on january 1. that's because you could stop it either with an act of congress, which could happen, or tim geithner himself could actually sign something and say, until they resolve -- >> gretchen: let's not give them -- >> steve: listen, everybody on capitol hill knows that the secretary of the treasury can do that. he can sign something that says, until we get a deal, no tax rates go up. >> gretchen: why is discussion not about spending? why in the plan that the president originally sent over increased spending? haven't we been -- this was the whole impetus for the tea party, folks, back in 2010, was all of the outrageous spending. remember all the discussions about what we're gog give our kids, the future we're going to give our kids?
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why is this discussion not about the outrageous spending, and by the way, the waste that is going on with our government right now? that's the question john boehner, the speaker of the house has. listen to him. >> this week we made a good faith offer to avert the fiscal crisis and that offer included significant spending cuts and reforms and it included additional revenue. frankly, it was the balanced approach that the president has been asking for. now we need a response from the white house. we can't sit here and negotiate with ourselves. and if the president doesn't agree with our proposal and our outline, i think he's got an obligation to send one to the congress. a plan that can pass both chambers of congress. if you look at the plans that the white house has talked about thus far, they couldn't pass either house of the congress.
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>> brian: hasn't because it's been presented before. here is one thing the president i think is banking on because he's playing his cards and it's a strategic approach. he's saying if i can divide boehner and the other house republicans, i could break this thing wide open and i could get what i need. and it turns out of all places, the "new york times," the first story says boehner has never had more fellow house support, republican house support than he has right now. they might not all agree, but they're willing to be led by him. >> steve: keep in mind, the republicans ran on -- voted for divided government. we've got a democrat. it's a status quo. the white house is controlled by democrats, as the senate and the republicans control the house. that's what the american people voted for. the president ran on hiking up taxes and the republicans ran on we're not going to allow that to happen. what's interesting, though, right now, john boehner is saying look, mr. president, you don't have to raise tax rates. you can just come up with all the dough we need or enough
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dough right now to float us down the river -- >> brian: dough meaning money? >> steve: yes. >> brian: it's a little like bowery boys. >> steve: we can raise enough money through just tightening loopholes and eliminating deductions. that is what boehner says today. the president said no, we've got to jack up rates. interestingly enough, the president of the united states has done a 180. he had boehner's point of view just last year and now he's changed his mind. here is the president in 2011. >> what we said was give us 1.2 trillion in additional revenues, which could be accomplished without hiking tax rates. but could simply be accomplished by eliminating loopholes, eliminating some deductions, and engaging in a tax reform process that could have lowered rates generally while broadening the base. >> gretchen: that was before the election. remember when he said that? wasn't he then in favor of also
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continuing the george w. bush tax cuts? >> brian: for everybody. >> gretchen: for everybody. folks, this is all going back to the campaign. it was all about getting elected and saying the right things then and saying what he probably really believes now. >> steve: but it also has a lot to do with what the american people are being told. how many outlets are you going to see that sound bite where you can see clearly the president of the united states completely did a 180. you might hear it on talk radio. it's the same reason we're hearing so much in the main stream media, but we got to raise taxes. you don't hear so much about we're in a gigantic hole with it comes to spending. it's one of the things we have done here at fox news channel since we signed on, what, 16 1/2 years ago. you can trust us to try to do the best to tell the truth. and that is where we are today. >> gretchen: we also give you the headlines. we'll start with a fox news alert. just over an hour ago, kate middleton was released from the hospital. you can see her here in this new
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video smiling and carrying flowers as she left with husband prince william. the expectant mom and duchess of cambridge was admitted monday after suffering from acute morning sickness. kate was being treated by the queen's doctors. she's now headed to kensington palace for r and r. another fox news alert for you. this one more serious. fox now confirming reports that the rogue nation of syria has begun mixing chemical weapons and loading them into bombs. that's raising fears that president assad will use the weapons on his own people. former u.n. ambassador john bolton had this to say about the very dicey situation. >> i think it's far more likely he's threatening the opposition and basically either for negotiating purposes or because he thinks he's close to the end of the line, he's making it clear he's getting ready to use his ultimate weapon to increase his leverage. but i would not put it past assad to use this weapon. he's perfectly capable of doing
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it. it's the kind of regime he's been leading these past several years. >> gretchen: fox news learning the minimum tear drawing up contingency plans in case assad suddenly leaves syria. another day, another blow to the tsa. exclusive report in the new york post reveals tsa screeners are doing their holiday shopping on the job? actually they're doing it not on the computer, they're doing it in your luggage. according to the report, 32-year-old sean henry was busted for stealing ipads and laptops from checked luggage at jfk airport in new york. police say it was part of a sting into the growing problem of screeners with sticky fingerers. the tsa henny will be fired. who could forget this oprah moment? >> (screaming). >> gretchen: remember that? they all got a car? the san diego chargers just may
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have one upped oprah. they teamed up with bikes for kids nonprofit to give away 205 bikes to children at a local school. you've got to see their reactions. come to the screen. priceless. >> everybody is going to get a bike. let's open our curtain and let me show you what we did for this school! >> steve: except that one. i don't want that one. >> gretchen: look at this little girl right here. more than 95% of this school's students come from low income families. you know what? that is what the christmas spirit is all about. it's about a simple little thing like that can change a kid's life. >> steve: that's nice they would do that. meanwhile, city of detroit asking president obama for a favor. >> he went to washington, d.c he came back home with some bacon. that's what you do. that's what you do.
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>> steve: bring home the bacon. will the president listen? stuart varney is on this story. he reports live next. o'brien, look with he's with. >> brian: stuart varney and jerome pettis. where is rocky when you need him? also the bus joins us later, top of the hour >> everybody is talking about prince william and kate middleton. using the faces of the royal family, a forensic artist created an image of what the royal baby might look like. that's interesting, isn't it? it's like grandpa. a lot of hair. good head of hair eks planning i. you spend all day cooking it. so why spend even a moment considering any broth but swanson? the broth cooks trust most to make the meal folks spend all year waiting for. in stuffing and more, the secret is swanson.
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>> after the election of jimmy carter, alexander young, he went to washington, d.c he came back home with some bacon. that's what you do. that's what you do. this is our people in an overwhelming way supported the reelection of the president. we ought to be quid pro qou and you exercise leadership on that. of course, not just that, but why not? >> gretchen: 73% of wayne county where the city of detroit is located voted for president obama. so does that give them the right to bring the bacon back to wayne county and demand a bailout? stuart varney is here and did you know he's also a psychic because for the last year, stuart varney has been on this show predicting just this. >> i have actually. yes. >> gretchen: in california. >> i did. >> gretchen: and other places. >> i did. they may well be in the line to
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ask for a bailout after this. >> gretchen: is it appropriate? >> no. in my opinion, this is morally wrong. it's wrong on several fronts. first of all, morally. by what right does detroit demand money from places like texas or oklahoma to bailout their own problems? that's morally wrong. second, it's politically wrong. have we reached the points in this country that you cast your vote for politicians thinking they're going to pay you off and bail you out of your problems? that's a political problem. third, wouldn't work. no matter how much money you give to detroit, as soon as that money is gone and through, they want more because they are fundamentally bankrupt. they don't have a decent source of income. they're hemorrhaging cash and now they want the feds to pay for it. wrong on all counts. >> steve: okay. so they want the bacon bailout, as we just heard from that person who sits in a seat of authority there. it's simple. just go bankrupt like some places in california already have and then start to reorganize. >> yes. if you go bankrupt, then your
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financial affairs are in the hands of a bankruptcy court judge. that judge says you get this and you don't get that. >> steve: that's what they don't like because suddenly they're going to have to be a little more responsible than they've been in the past. >> this all goes back to the municipal unions. they are due to be paid eformosa pensions, very high wages, big pensions. they simply cannot meet the promises that they've made to those retirees. that has to be sorted out. a bailout doesn't sort it out. a bankruptcy does. >> steve: bailout is just a bunch of bucks in their direction. >> i'm afraid so, yes. it's good money after bad. >> gretchen: what you've been saying on the show for the last one or two years is that you believed that people would vote in part for president obama to get these types of bailouts. >> yes. and i think that's what happened. >> gretchen: but let's say that they actually file for bankruptcy. what happens to those union contracts? >> union contracts then become in play. it depends on the state constitution and the contractual
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obligations which the city of detroit signed. but my understanding is that a bankruptcy court judge can rearrange the finances of any entity in bankruptcy. that would include be a gating some contracts. >> they got $3 million left. that's peanuts for any city. >> steve: we'll be watching you on fox business in two hours and one minute from right now. varney and company, check it out. >> thanks, everyone. >> gretchen: americans are on the verge of the fiscal cliff. but you know what? just don't ask them what it is 'cause coming up, we're going to show you some smarties and dummies. >> steve: then former nfl football player jerome bettis is is here, he's going to join brian live. >> gretchen: i thought stu was doing that interview
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>> steve: time for news by the numbers. from the control room, first, $750,000, that's how much a woman is being sued for after posting a one star review on the web site, yelp. she claims the contractor failed to do the job. now he's suing for defamation. we'll keep you posted. next, $450, that's how much a starbucks card of steel costs. the super gift card comes with special perks, because it includes free refills.
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only 5,000 steel cards being manufactured. finally, $756,000. that's how much don larson's perfect game jerseys sold for last night. the former new york yankees pitcher will use the money to pay for his grandchildren's college tuition. that's fantastic. speaking of sports, here is the sports guy. >> brian: sports commentator bob costas sparking controversy over comments in the wake of the horrific murder-suicide last week. the kansas chiefs, their linebacker, belcher, 30 miles from here, he wasn't backing down from his remarks last night with bill o'reilly. listen. >> people ought to be aware of the attitude toward guns that's out there. >> way too lax. >> it's up among professional athletes. i cannot think of a single instance involving the professional athlete whereby that athlete having a gun averted or diminishing a dangerous situation. but i can give you a long list of tragedies that came about because guys were packing.
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>> brian: bob costas defended himself, but did say that wasn't the right for yum to bring it up. he needed more time. if you're on the kansas city chiefs and struggling through a horrific season on the field, how do you get past this tragedy? let's talk to a guy who is the ultimate leader as he led the pittsburgh steelers to the super bowl championship, outstanding runningback for the rams when they're in los angeles and with pittsburgh and a fighting irish superstar, jerome bettis, welcome back. >> thank you. >> brian: tragedy hits so many teams through the nfl. seems to hit somebody at some time. what do you say when life and get gets into a game? >> it's a difficult situation and as a coach and as one of the key players, you want to remind guys that this is a game that we play and we can't take this game off the football field. you have to deal with it. you can't let that affect your behavior. >> brian: what about playing the next day? would you have voted to play the next day?
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>> it's a terrible situation, but we're football players at our core. that's what we are. and the minute that we start to take games off for other issues, then that becomes a slippery slope because now what do you take the game off for and what do you not take it off for? there is the questions that come in line there. it's a difficult situation and it was a horrific deal. but you still have to play football. >> brian: it happened right in front of the coach, you got to go lead your team out and about. >> exactly. >> brian: let's talk about something else. you went to college at notre dame. i don't know if you remember. it's been a while. they're going to be playing for the national championship against alabama. they haven't won a national championship since 1988. >> that's the difficult part about it. i would have thought that notre dame would have been in the conversation a lot earlier than now. but they're in the national championship. >> brian: it shows you you can
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go to school, go there for academics, because the standards are high, and you can win a championship. that's great message, isn't it? >> it's a great message and the kids, to let everyone know that you can have that success and you can still have success on the football field as well. so that's an important message to send. >> brian: you're here not only to see me, but also here for dick's sporting goods, which i love the shirt. you're doing something that's really cool. >> i'm happy to be partnered with dick's sporting goods. they've got a gifts that matters campaign. it's really close to my heart because when i was young, coming up and just starting playing football, i got a gift that mattered. i got a pair of football cleats. they were royal blue nike football cleats and i wore them for three years. that's how much i loved them. >> brian: how big were you -- you weren't in fifth grade? >> i was a big boy. they were about a size 10. but they were very special to me
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in that it was my first really, really pair of cleats and they were dedicated to me. it wasn't one of those things that okay. you wear them, let your brother use it. now, these were my cleats. i got a chance to use them. i really believe that it helped me become the player that i was. it was a gift that mattered. >> brian: i predated dick's sporting goods but you want to know my gift that mattered in i started playing soccer. you're not athletic enough to play. i got this ball. since i'm playing soccer, my dad bought may ball that was a kick ball/soccer ball made out of plastic. it looked like a basketball. it probably cost 1.25 if it wasn't marked down. i had that ball for ten, 12 years, even as balls got better, because you always remember that first big sports gift. >> that was gift that mattered. i think it's important right now around the holidays for people to think about some gifts that matter to them and some athletes in their lives that they can give a great gift to. >> brian: how much would you have loved having me block for
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you? how many more would you have gotten? >> i probably wouldn't be here today. [ laughter ] >> brian: hash mark, gifts that matter and go on to twitter for that. good job. always great to see you. straight ahead, americans on the verge of the fiscal cliff. just don't ask them what it actually is. >> what is the fiscal cliff? >> honestly, we're from new mexico, just helping out here to clean. >> no idea. >> the cliff? >> a cliff? how tall is it? >> i have no idea. >> brian: you got to ask americans. not new mexicans. what you should do about the fiscal cliff, coming up. speak of america's money crisis what, does this have to do with it? that former u.s. senator doing gangam style. he's trying to inspire you. >> i couldn't believe this. starbucks is now introducing i guess for the holidays a $450 gift card. [ cheering ]
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>> you hear about this? mike tyson says in 1998 he found brad pitt in bed with his ex-wife, robin givens.
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of course, pitt has evidence to refute that. the fact that he still has both ears. that never happened. >> gretchen: very funny. evander holyfield only has half of one year because mike tyson decided to munch on it during one of their fights. >> brian: he was losing. you only have a few options. but by the way, look at this. 1986, there you go. mike tyson, kid dynamite. he was a future champion at the time. he was 15-0. thanks to my good friend, bruce, from high school. >> steve: bruce must have a heck of a basement. >> brian: we cleared stuff out because of the flood. this is his home address. actually i probably shouldn't put that on television. >> gretchen: not again! >> brian: this was his childhood home. don't go to his childhood home. >> gretchen: i also had a chance meeting with mike tyson. >> brian: what are you cheering? >> gretchen: i'm cheering because he decided not to box me. >> brian: okay. or bite you.
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>> gretchen: this actually this is when i was miss america. we spent a day together in atlantic city. we went shopping in a mall together. don't ask me why. we went to a shoe store together. here we're sitting on a couch. >> brian: talk about a dream date. >> gretchen: yes, it was -- >> steve: what happened shopping that you don't want -- >> gretchen: what happened shopping? >> steve: yeah. >> gretchen: we had a lot of fun. it was kind of a promotional thing. i don't remember all exactly the details, but apparently i was happy that i didn't have to go into the ring with him. it would have been a knockout within one second. >> brian: so we'll relive that moment. mike tyson will be on later. his broadway show is going on the road. now headlines. tragic end to a five month search for two missing cousins in iowa. hunters discovered two bodies in a wooded area and police believe they are nine-year-old elizabeth collins and 11-year-old lyric cook. they were last seen riding their bikes together on july 13. the bodies have now been sent to the medical examiner's office to
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be identified. >> it's a difficult thing for us to go through and for the people of the community, not just the community, but the whole community that all came together and showed their support. >> brian: more details are expected to be released at a news conference that is scheduled for 5:00 o'clock tonight. >> steve: hundreds of anti-egyptian president protesters torching several muslim brotherhoods across the country. they threw sticks and rocks at windows before setting buildings on fire. this came the same day hundreds of other protesters erupted in violence outside mr. morsi's palace, as you've seen here. >> gretchen: police say he wanted to burglarize a home, but he probably never thought it would end like this. >> 911, what is your emergency? >> i'm not sure. >> gretchen: that's christopher lance moore, things didn't go as
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planned when he allegedly broke into a home in texas. the man holding moore at gun point when he found him at his home. his stepson says moore should be lucky to still be alive. >> it was a bad night probably. he was going to try and run or something and that i was gog have to shoot him or my stepdad would have to shoot him. >> gretchen: so moore now facing burglary charges. brian? >> brian: former republican senator alan simpson can legislate, but i didn't know until now that he can actually dance. ♪ . >> brian: that is fantastic. 81-year-old getting down and drawing attention to the fiscal cliff. he made this as part of a nonpartson group because you can not be partisan and do gangam style. the can kicks back, they're urging young americans to help solve the nation's crisis. simpson was one half of the
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simpson bowles commission tasked with tackling the debt and deficit. >> gretchen: the reason he didn't kick the can was because he had a plan that you wouldn't have to kick the can. you would actually put our fiscal order better off. speaking of the fiscal cliff and social media and getting the message out to young people, we know what lawmakers are saying, but what about the taxpayers? ainsley earhart joins us with disheartening answers to say the least. >> some of these responses are pretty funny and yes, obviously not watching the news and keeping up with where their money is going. >> brian: they're not watching the 5:00 a.m show? >> they need to be. i don't know why they're not. maybe they will now. it's their money, it's their bank account. so of course, they know all about the fiscal cliff. right? well, not so much. i went to times square to find out and here are some of the responses that will surprise you. >> what is the fiscal cliff? >> honestly, we're from new mexico just helping out here to clean. >> no idea. >> cliff? >> how tall is it? >> i don't know. no idea. >> where is it?
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>> can i go? >> bad news. it's bad news. fiscal cliff, end of the world apparently. >> is it a dangerous cliff? >> it seems to be. >> how do you feel about it? >> i'm a middle class woman what, do you think? >> the economy pew. >> is embarrassing. >> that's what they're paid for. >> what's going to happen if they don't? >> we're going to lose some money. [ laughter ] >> it reminds me of like something i probably learned about in school. but i'm going to guess some type of cliff, like mount avalanche cliff. >> how tall is it? >> i'd say at least like 370 some feet. [ laughter ] >> steve: very nice. >> gretchen: how about $16 trillion? >> we heard 70 different responses. we took the cliff bars out and said, is it this? is this the fiscal cliff? some people said, oh, yeah, it is. another guy said t sounds like something really gross you might eat. another person said it sounds like a movie, the fiscal cliff.
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>> steve: what i noticed from the sound bites that you used, it seemed like the middle class lady and the older couple knew exactly what it was. whereas some of the younger people, not so much. >> right. when we stood in front of our studio, you get a lot of business people. you go into times square, and you get more of the touristy, younger people. many of them, unfortunately, didn't know what it was. >> gretchen: you're part of this younger generation. >> thank you! i'll take that. yes, i am. >> gretchen: so you're talking to the younger folks who may be visiting or from new york in times square. do you think that the social media attempt by 81-year-old alan simpson, along with the mascot of the can, do you think that will have an impact, because isn't that the point, social media, younger people tend to do -- >> combining it with a song that's very popular among the younger kids. yeah, maybe so. hopefully people will start talking about it and many of the younger generation might say,
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who is that man dancing? then they'll start to say, don't you know? that's simpson bowles. >> steve: good luck. >> we'll see. >> steve: thank you very much. >> you're welcome. >> steve: always a pleasure. >> brian: i always think dance something a great way to communicate. i've always said that. >> gretchen: brian, let's see it. try. your nose is growing like this. >> brian: i wish i had time, but we're up against a break. >> steve: yeah, we are. >> brian: thanks so much for coming in. >> steve: the law says you're still supposed to get paid. but john stossel thinks we should get rid of laws like that. would we be better off? we'll talk to john. he is answering in the affirmative. >> gretchen: then christmas is right around the corner and live outside on our plaza, the real life nativity scene. it's the heart of a controversy in santa monica, california. more on that coming up. take a picture, folks. it might not be around for that much longer. >> brian: it was a lot warmer in bethlehem. initiated.
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♪ nespresso. what else? >> steve: whether they're regulating the sick time you get at work or severance pay, the government may have great intentions, but some say they do more harm for the american people than actually help people. john stossel is author of "no they can't" and host of stossel on the "fox business" network and joins us live. good morning to you. >> good morning. i'm one of those people who say, wait a second. they have unintended consequences. you just have to look at europe where they have all these kind work rules, like you mentioned this vacation do over. she's a new european thing. >> steve: how does that work? >> i have a doctor's note, i got sick on vacation. by law, i'm allowed to compensatory vacation time for that. >> steve: let's say you're gone for two weeks and say i was sick, you get another two weeks? >> exactly. or how about severance pay.
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that sounds kind. you got to pay people if you fire them. in spain, the old rule was 3 1/2 years. so nobody is going to hire somebody 'cause if you don't like them, you got to pay them for more than 3 years. >> steve: it wasn't progressive. so if you had just been an employee for a certain number of years or something like that, you get an automatic 3 1/2 year severance? >> no, it doesn't take effect unless you've worked there for a year. so lots of people -- >> steve: wait a minute. you work there one year? >> that's right. now they've shortened. they'll only have to pay $200,000. no wonder spain has a 25% unemployment rate and they're rioting. >> steve: what about what the government is trying to do with the disabled? >> again, well intended. all kinds of surprise unintended consequences. in europe again, italy is poor. you have 15 employees, fine. you have a 16th employee, must be disabled. have 51 flows, 7% must be disabled. it just cripples the flexible of the work force. well intended, but that's why
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they have riots there. >> steve: listen, europe is great because they have some wonderful food and some cheeses. but you're saying we should not base our policies on theirs because they're stinkers. >> we should base it on singapore where they have 1.9% unemployment and they don't have any minimum wage north texas laws against discrimination. it's a competitive market. that protects workers. >> steve: there's got to be a social safety net of sorts though, right? >> yes. and there will be if government doesn't provide all of it, the country will be so rich that private charity also provide much more. yes! absolutely! >> steve: what color is the 1960 in your world? check out johns to -- john stossel on the fox business. next, a real life nativity scene, how these people are trying to save christmas in one city on the coast. first, on this date back in 1966, "good vibrations" by the beach boys, number one song in
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>> gretchen: for nearly 60 years, the city of santa monica, california celebrated christmas with elaborate, life size nativity scenes. but a judge recently ruled that the displays aren't allowed in public places. after a bitter fight and court battle, our next guests say they're finding ways to keep christmas alive in that city and all across america. joining me, the director of the christian defense coalition, reverend patrick mahoney and reverend gary dull who is visiting us. good morning. >> good morning. >> gretchen: how wonderful. i make a point every christmas of taking my children around my community, drive by, stop and see all of the nativity scenes. why is it so important to keep it alive? >> two reasons. the powerful message of
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christmas. peace on earth, good will toward men. but also celebrating our religious tradition. the constitution promises freedom of religion. not freedom from religion. when we heard about santa monica, 59 consecutive years, we said we had to get involved. we have this project called the nativity project. we encourage individual citizens to get a permit. we found a loophole, incredible loophole in santa monica and there is going to be a nativity display there for year 60. the federal judge banned unattended displays. not live nativities like you see here. so december 8, christians and people of good will from all across southern california are coming to passion sides park and there will be a nativity scene. i have here our permit. we had this in front of the united states supreme court yesterday. this is our permit.
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i would encourage anyone who is having a problem in their community, with nativity scenes, if we are allowed to have a display in front of the united states supreme court and the united states capitol, then any citizen can display the beauty of christmas, the power of christmas, the wonderful message of hope and we're work with pastor dole right now. >> gretchen: so pastor dull, tell me your story. what's going on up in altoona? >> it used to be that cities all across the city and communities would be able to put out the nativity scene without any issue whatsoever. same thing in altoona where we live and of course, somebody comes along and says you can't do it. well, we can do it because this is the united states of america. so we would like to be able to work along with them to get the proper prime ministers to see that the nativity scene is back in front of city hall. once again, to make that statement that we can do it in the united states of america. in my opinion, the nativity scene, particularly the live
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nativity scene, is without a doubt one of the most clearest way to present the concept of what christmas is all about. we talk about christmas trees, the lack of the word christmas beside a tree, but the concept of the nativity scene is what christmas is all about and we believe as christians, we need to do more and more to promote that as those -- there are those who would like to stand against. >> gretchen: i always say it seems odd to me that around the christmas season that you would have to drive around and look for a in a activity scene and say hey, look, there is baby jesus way behind in the background. why shouldn't it be out front and center? i don't understand the problem. not that we're against not also honoring other religions. >> well, and that's what we're fighting against. sadly, gretchen, a small minority with a very loud voice have dominated this. but we found this incredible way, as citizens and people of goodwill, you can go get permits to do this in any city. so if you're living in altoona, toledo, miami, anywhere and the
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in nativity has been removed, you can go get a permit and do it and a reminder, president jefferson said, eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. we have to be vigilant and persistent in defending our religious rights and freedoms and we're doing that. >> gretchen: well said. good luck to the both of you and pastor dull, i hope it works out in altoona. >> thank you very much and like i said, we live in the united states of america, which means everybody ought to have the freedom to express their religion as they want. so for one religion to say that somebody -- somebody to say one religion can't do it, that's not american. >> gretchen: thanks so much for your time. >> thanks. >> gretchen: want a special government position? all you need do is donate to the obama campaign. we'll tell but that. michelle malkin will tell us more. plus, bob massi to help you out with your real estate and mike tyson duking it out with brian. it's all coming up next hour. stick around.
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game. >> gretchen: so michelle malkin is going to stop by and she says the president needs to read the constitution? she's right around the corner. >> steve: and this experiment shows what happens when pot heads meet potholes. so is our safety at risk behind the wheel now that marijuana is legal in two states? recreational marijuana. a live report straight ahead. >> brian: plus, rare personal look inside the life and mind of one of the most feared men ever to play heavyweight boxing for a sport. a former champion. mike tyson joins us live and open up about his marriage. startling revelation about his drug use and will he or will he not be in "hangover 3". that's the penetrating question my son needs to know. "fox & friends" starts now.
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>> you'll shoot your eye out, kid. merry christmas. ho, ho, ho. >> brian: the christmas season without ravel rawy? the cast of "the christmas story" here live to perform this hour. normally they'd be on broadway. normally they'd be asleep. >> gretchen: i have heard that this show is fantastic for adults, for kids, for everyone, so if you happen to be coming to new york city during the christmas season, you want to make it a stop. >> brian: it's amazing, even when sandy slammed new york and new jersey and all the burrows, this place was still packed. so they still came to watch "the christmas story." >> steve: a lot of tourists. they had flights, they wound up here. they had some entertainment. >> gretchen: we had a couch they could have slept on. >> steve: it looks like they did. >> gretchen: yeah. it needs a little fa breeze.
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let's begin with your headlines and fox news alert. earlier this morning, kate middleton was reloosed from the hospital. you can see her here in this new video smiling and carrying flowers as she left with husband prince william. the expectant mama and the duchess of cambridge was admitted monday after suffering from acute morning sickness. kate was being treated by the queen's doctors. she's now headed to kensington for some r and r. the crisis in cairo continues to escalate. supporters and opponents of president morsi clashing outside the presidential palace. five people have died. nearly 500 people injured. the unrest caused by morsi's power grab and a constitution drafted by islamists. now tanks are stationed outside the president's house and egypt's military ordering all protesters to leave the area within two hours from now. i thought we already had the
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arab spring in that country. could this be different? >> brian: maybe this one will work. >> gretchen: a former chair of the joint chiefs of staff hit by foreign hackers. the target, retired admiral mike mullen apparently computer. the hackers are likely from china and that while admiral mullens' personal e-mail account has been compromised, aides insist no classified information is stored or viewed on those particular computers. she was playing a part in a high school play, but the real star of the show was waiting in the wings. you got to love these stories. her dad, u.s. airman, returning home from war to surprise his gal. >> oh! [ applause ] [ cheers and applause ] >> gretchen: well, the girl's mom says there was not a dry eye in the room, including myself. >> steve: no kidding.
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merry christmas. meanwhile, lawmakers rushing to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff at the end of this month. a series of tax cuts and spending cuts set to kick in just 26 shopping days until the fiscal cliff. >> brian: less working days. >> steve: that's right. house republicans say there will be no deal if tax ritz go up and the obama administration says it's ready to go thelma and louise style over the cliff on january 1. if that's the case, wendell goler live at the white house with what we know is going on behind the scenes. anything happening? >> steve, the president and house speaker john boehner talked on the phone yesterday, but they agreed not to characterize their conversation. so it's unclear how much progress they made. from the outside, it does seem they've moved a bit closer with boehner now agreeing to raise tax collection from the wealthy, though not by raising tax rates. >> we've got to cut spending and i believe to put revenues on the table. the revenues we're putting on the table will come from, guess who, the rich!
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there are ways to limit deductions, close loopholes, and have the same people pay more of their money to the federal government without raising tax rates which we believe will harm our economy. >> the president lobbied big business leaders yesterday with an appearance at the business round table. his aides say you can not raise enough money by phasing out deductions without causing other problems. for example, officials say eliminating the mortgage interest deduction would hurt middle class homeowners and the housing industry. and eliminating charitable giving deductions would hurt hospitals, universities and charities and phasing out those deductions for people above a certain income level wouldn't raise enough money. tim geithner says there is no alternative to ending the bush administration's upper income tax cuts. >> the administration prepared to go over the fiscal cliff? >> absolutely. again, there is no prospect to an agreement that doesn't involve those rates going up on
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the top 2% of the wealthiest americans. remember, it's only 2%. >> couple of senate republicans said they're ready to let the top tax rates go up, but there is no indication the house is willing to go along. the close get to this so-called fiscal cliff, the more experts are suggesting it may be more of a slope. we'd have to slide down it a while before the economy would actually slip back into recession. steve, brian, gretchen? >> steve: north lawn of the white house, not a fiscal cliff, just a scary slope. >> brian: yes. >> gretchen: let's bring in michelle malkin. she's out in colorado where there is a lot of slippery slopes. usually people are just skiing down those. >> steve: we're falling down this one. >> gretchen: how do you react to what wendell goler said, the phone call between the president and boehner and the president laying down the gauntlet saying, unless you talk debt ceiling and raising taxes, i'm not going to actually come to the table anymore. how come he's not talking about what many americans deem to be the real problem, which is enormous spending?
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>> yeah. well, that's never been on the table for this president. so that certainly isn't any surprise. and the idea of this power grab, of course, is in keeping with this imperial presidency. it's not just a power grab, it's two-fisted power grab choke hold, give may wrestling move, brian, for what this is. and i'm glad -- >> brian: cross face. >> yeah. whatever. pile driver, i don't know. just something really obnoxious and of course, over the top. but i am glad to see that there is some fighting spirit left on capitol hill and that this administration is being called out for its blatantly unconstitutional move to usurp the power of the purse. >> steve: you know what? you called it a power grab, you're not alone. congresswoman cynthia loomis, republican from wyoming called it that. we'll play a sound bite from her. but first the president setting
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the table. >> if congress in any way suggests that they're going to tie negotiations to debt ceiling votes and take us to the brink of default once again as part of a budget negotiation, which by the w done in our history until we did it last year, i will not play that game. >> this is an unprecedented power grab by this president and the congress needs to put its foot down. instead of talking about whether we're going to pass tax bills that raise eight days worth of spending, shouldn't we be talking about where we're going to cut? >> steve: you know, what's interesting about the president talking about i don't want congress to have to vote on raising the debt limit, when he was a u.s. senator from the great state of illinois, he voted against raising the debility limit as a senator when george bush was in control. >> yeah. good point. amen, sister, to congressman
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lumis there and a reminder that it was this president when he was in the senate as well who had said that we have to discuss the debt tax, the debt limit tax on americans and how can you talk about it if you give over and feed and surrender the complete power to raise that debt limit to the executive branch? hello? it doesn't help that it was mitch mcconnell who put this in place last year and, of course, now calls it outrageous power grab. when you give this administration an inch, it takes ten miles or a marathon. that's what they're doing here. >> gretchen: so you say it's a violation of the coalition. i want to move on to what you're deeming the merry croniness, christmas? >> merry croniness, that's right. >> gretchen: you know what? it saddens me to dismantle the word christmas by saying croniness. but explain what it is. >> it's christmas for obama bundlers.
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this is the annual ritual, the patronage rewards for his biggest 1% elitist donors and there have been reports now over the last week that anna winter, the fashion famous vogue editor who raised hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars for team obama, not just this year action but during the first term as well, is being considered for an ambassadorship for britain. and this is along with several other bundlers who have raised each more than half a million dollars for obama over the last campaign cycle, who are being considered for other positions. and of course, the reaction from the democrats and the left is, well, this is always the way it's been and yeah, well, that's exactly the point because this is what hope and change has ushered in, more retroactive back -- >> steve: why would anna wentor want to take a step down from
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being the top of a magazine? >> well, it's all about the prestige, the power and the access. >> brian: real quick, tell me what you think is going to happen on january 1 l we be over the cliff or a deal cut? >> you know, the republicans have always been rolling over. i think that we need to hear more outrage from taxpayers and grassroots conservatives out there before the inevitable happens again. >> steve: there is still three weeks. michelle malkin joining us from the springs of colorado, thank you very much. have a great week. >> you bet. thanks. >> gretchen: coming up, imagine coming home from work and your entire house absent. >> she said to me, are you sure your house is gone? i said, miss, you misplace your pen and pencil, not a house. >> gretchen: what the heck could have happened? wait until you see -- yeah, the before and after. >> brian: are you like ted? do you have perfect credit? hardly anyone does now. but bob massi says not even bankruptcy can stop you from buying a car or even a home.
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>> steve: if you're one of the millions of americans facing foreclosure, short sale or even going through bankruptcy, you might be left wondering how do i dig out of here? well, as it turns out, there is life after big financial loss and an avenue people can reestablish their credit. fox news legal analyst, bob massi, who made this his expertise joins us now from vegas. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> steve: you know, because of the bad economy, there has been a concern that a lot of people, they're wondering, will i ever
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be able to own a home again if i is gone through foreclosure or short sale or bankruptcy? what's the answer? >> absolutely. as a matter of fact, lenders are actually putting certain guidelines on and we're going to go over that in a few minutes so far as fha and va. i want our viewers to understand, there is life after foreclosure, bankruptcy and short sale. you will be able to own again. not only a home, but even buying cars and things like that. i have people that filed bankruptcy a year ago, they have a new car. most important thing, steve, is if you lost your home, short sale, foreclosure, bankruptcy, keep all of your consumer debts current. keep your credit cards current, keep your car payments current. that will bring those fico scores back up in 12 to 18 months and sooner. >> steve: okay. so let's talk about some of the guidelines. for instance, you just mentioned fha loan. if you are looking for something like that, what are their guidelines for bouncing back? >> here is what they say, remember, fha insures the loan. so many people think fha is a
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lendser. they tonight. they insure the loan. if you have been foreclosed on, fha says they will after three years. a bankruptcy, interestingly enough, after two years. why? because they know that a chapter 7 bankruptcy, that you're not going to be able to file for years to come and most of your debt has been wiped out. there has been talk, steve, i saw a few releases a couple weeks ago that fha is actually thinking of maybe even waiving these guidelines so to make it easier to be able to insure because they recognize so many people were in the spot they're in and i hope that happens 'cause it could loosen up the market for people to be able to buy again. >> steve: absolutely, 'cause that's how we dig ourselves out of this market is more people available to buy house. you mentioned fha, what about v.a.? you say that through the veterans administration, their guidelines are actually even better for veterans than through fha. >> they are. two years.
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two, short sale foreclosure, bankruptcy, two, two, two. chapter 13 bankruptcy, one year. and the whole reason behind this is they look and see, look, here is a situation happen with these people. let's try to make it available to them and make it more available so they can buy sooner because of the circumstances. by the way, steve, we're also talking about primary residentses here. they're not as lenient with investment properties. the other thing i would like to tell our viewers, for example, buying a car. i was talking to one of the big finance companies the other day that basically finances a lot of cars. they are saying that even if you lost your home to foreclosure and short sale, they're not even looking at that anymore, steve. they know what's happened in america. what they do is they break down in tears, teira, different layers and all you do is pay more of a finance charge when you go buy car, depending on the fico scores. there is life after what we've gone through. >> steve: that's great news.
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now we know how many years and if you have car problems, at least now you can get a car 'cause you got to go -- >> absolutely you can. >> steve: bob massi, thank you very much. >> thank you, steve. >> steve: all right. if you have questions, log on to our web site. they voted to support president obama. now they say the president owes us here in detroit. >> he went to washington, d.c., he came back home with some bacon. that's what you do. that's what you do. >> steve: should the president really consider giving money as a thank you for the votes in the detroit area? we're going to talk about that. and take a look at these guys, they got high, went for a drive. so what's the plan to keep roads safe now that marijuana is legal in a couple of states? don't ask the government. they haven't figured it o yet. so for now, is your road safety at risk begin.
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>> gretchen: 24 minutes after the top of the hour. at the stroke of midnight, the new marijuana law went into effect in washington state. >> three, two, one! [ cheering ] >> gretchen: i'm not sure you want your kids to be watching this. but pot lovers, they lit up in the middle of the street. now that it's legal, it's presenting police with quite a challenge. >> brian: i'd say so. william lajeunesse is in los angeles with more. william, all of a sudden these guys can, and women can do their own thing. >> that's right, brian. with alcohol, people know, three drinks, think twice about driving. but pot, it is different.
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where it is grown, how it is grown, how it is smoked, how much you have. those are all variables that determine if a person is impaired or committing a duid, driving under the influence of drugs. >> you want to know why i pulled you over? littering and smoke the reefer. >> driving while high. while illegal, research shows more drivers are teching up. yet studies like this one in europe showed too much marijuana affects coordination and judgment. >> one of the first and most important things is inability to divide one's attention. >> rick: marijuana advocates argue pot is far less debill date faithing than alcohol, yet a new study says those who drive within three hours of smoking pot are twice as likely to cause a crash. >> another one of the effects that we see with individuals who drive under the influence of marijuana is that reduced ability to perceive time and distance. >> how much is too much? >> i don't absolutely feel we are on uncharted territory.
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>> 12 states have a zero tolerance level for pot. in washington state where marijuana is now legal, the limit is five nanograms per level. some argue it's roughly equal to alcohol. >> because we're early on in the research stage, it's difficult o determine whether or not that standard will change. similar to how the dwi standards changed. >> the problem is, how do users can test positive weeks after smoking. also what you smoke and how you smoke it affects people differently. so even experts don't know how much pot causes impairment. >> for anyone to be able to say that two hits or two dosages would give me 5 nano grams, it isn't possible to make that determination. >> so marijuana is now legal in two states and easily available in 17 others where medical marijuana is now sold. more people are now under the influence, you guys. one study found in california, on weekends, 14% of drivers are
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on drug, prescription and pot. and 33% of those killed in traffic accidents tested positive for something other than alcohol. so with this becoming legal, police think we have more challenges. >> brian: yeah. by the way, do you expect any legal challenges for this, william? >> yeah, because the active compound in marijuana that makes you high is thc. the problem with that, unlike alcohol, it's stored in fat, which is why heavy pot smokers worry. and o could have been foundeeks guilty under the limit, so that limit, pot people wanted to see five to ten, which they thought was more accurate. and not something like five. brian? >> brian: i want to make sure you're not driving around all potted out. thank you very much. >> gretchen: kind of a scary proposition. all right. coming up next, guess what? we've got the brand-new weekly jobless numbers due out in i think two minutes or so. >> brian: that also, we have somebody else coming up. >> gretchen: remember this person, mike tyson?
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>> steve: we have got a fox business alert for you. the labor department just releasing brand-new weekly jobless numbers. 370,000 first-time unemployment claims were filed last week. that's less than the week before and less than expected. big number comes out tomorrow for the month. >> gretchen: okay. >> brian: it's amazing how we rounded off those numbers. meanwhile, now the rest of the headlines. shock and fear spread quickly on the campus of the university of colorado hours after the aurora movie theater massacre. honests of e-mails released, including one which details the exact moment officials realized they're in the middle of a major crisis. it reads, quote, subject, emergency. the shooter, at the aurora mall, last night was james holmes, former nsp student. i am worried about the safety of nsp students and faculty. e-mails reveal holmes had a brief romantic relationship with a fellow grad student. >> gretchen: family members attending the funeral for
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belcher. he shot and killed his girlfriend, cassandra perkins nine times. left her for dead, then killed himself in front of his coaches. earlier on "fox & friends," football legend jerome bettis defended the decision to have the chiefs play football the next day. >> what do you take the game off for and what do you not take it off for? there is the questions that come in line there and -- it's a difficult situation and it was a horrific deal, but you still have to play football. >> gretchen: meantime, the nfl announcing it will support belcher and perkins' three-month-old daughter through college. wow. >> brian: this story will blow your mind. new jersey man returned to his home after sandy to find vanished. it wasn't because of the storm. someone bulldozed it down without telling him. that's not even the worst part. when he tried to get answers, all he got was a bunch of dead ends. >> the township didn't know what
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happened. i called the governor's office, asked an assistant what happened. she said to me, are you sure your house is gone? i said, miss, you misplace your pen and your pencil. you don't misplace a house. >> brian: turns out the department of transportation claims his home was blocking the road. he says he's got these pictures to prove that's not the case. terrible. >> gretchen: who could forget this oprah moment? [ cheers and applause ] >> you get a collar! you get a car! >> gretchen: we think the san diego chargers just may have one upped her. they teamed up with the nonprofit, bikes for kids organization to give away 205 bikes to children at a local school and their reactions were priceless. >> everybody is going to get a bike, let's open our curtains and let me show you what we have. [ cheers and applause ]
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>> gretchen: i love that reaction. my favorite one where the 95% of the school students come from low income families. what a day and what a christmas spirit for those kids. >> steve: just got brighter for them. meanwhile, let's look at the weather map and see where it is bright at this hour. across much of the southern half of the united states, it's sunshiny. 2003 have a little rain moving through portions of the ten continue valley. also around the great lakes. a wintery mix. certainly feels like december. and rain in the keys and the west coast of florida at this hour. current readings as you head out the door, it is below freezing in caribou, maine, cleave lapped, ohio, and in new york city, those are the big map towns we have right here depicted. about ho 40 in raleigh durham area. almost 60 in atlanta. about the same for new orleans. temperatures currently in the 50s for the most part in much of texas. but it is still chilly across the central plains. later today in kansas city, you'll warm up to almost 60 degrees. in new york city, considerly
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cooler and breezier today. 42 is going to be the daytime high. almost 80 in tampa. temperatures along the gulf coast in the 70s. we got 50s and 60s out along the pacific in california. then seattle should top out at 44. in the detroit area today, temperatures in the lower 40s. the reason i mentioned detroit is they want their bacon bailout. >> gretchen: they do. they want somebody to bring home the bacon and specifically, it's president obama. they say that overwhelmingly in the county where detroit is, i believe it's wayne county, michigan, more than 70% of the people voted for president obama. >> brian: michigan was closing in those last few days. >> gretchen: 73% in wayne county voted for president obama. and council woman joanne watson has her own analysis of that and has to do with bringing home some bacon. >> after the election of jimmy
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carter, the honorable coleman alexander young went to washington, d.c he came back home with some bacon. that's what you do. that's what you do. this is our people in an recovery whelming way supported the reelection of this president and we ought to be quid pro quo and you exercise leadership on that. of course, not just that, but why not? >> steve: i love bacon, but a lot of people hate bailouts, especially bacon bailouts. stuart varney was sitting right here on the couch with gretchen and me about two hours ago and he says that this is wrong on three different levels. here is stu. >> this is morally wrong. it's wrong on several fronts. first of all, morally. by what right does detroit demand money from places like texas or oklahoma to bail out their own problems? that is morally wrong. second, it is politically wrong.
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have we reached the point in this country where you cast your vote for politicians thinking they're going to pay you off and bail you out of your problems? that is a political problem. third, wouldn't work. no matter how much money you give to detroit, as soon as that money is gone and through, they want more. >> gretchen: that's usually the case. it's the case of human nature, somebody hands you a bunch of money and then you spend it and you need more, you want more. right? >> steve: absolutely. but you know what's going to happen? they're going to run out of money. they only have $3 million in the till right now. it looks like they might have to declare bankruptcy. stand by. we'll keep you posted. >> brian: a shame. 22 minutes before the top of the hour. the tsa has a christmas list and they're checking your bags twice. they're looking into your luggage for gift as soon as. >> gretchen: what? plus a rare personal look inside the mind of one of the most feared men ever to wear the heavyweight crown and the belt. mike tyson opens up and he joins
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>> brian: quick headlines now. coated aspirin may not be as good for your heart as you might think. a new study finds the drug takes long tore dissolve in your bloodstream because of the coating. aspirin is commonly used to help prevent heart attacks and blocked arteries because it thins blood. researchers say uncoated aspirin may be the better choice. busted. report in new york post reveal ago tsa screener was caught for doing holiday shopping in your luggage. 32-year-old susan henry was busted for stealing ipads, laptops, from checked luggage at new york's kennedy airport: now let's go outside where an
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exciting scene is taking place. they're real. this is a real nativity scene. two groups, faith in action and the christian defense coalition created a nativity scene on our plaza to project the true story of christmas complete with a baby wrapped in swaddling clothing. my favorite type of clothing, they are safe and sound. so is their baby, by the way. that may look like -- that may look like swaddling, but it's actually a very safe electric blanket. that's quickly what's happening with jesus and his birth. >> steve: we earlier were outside, that camel came all the way not from bethlehem, but from winchester, virginia. came down in a truck and if you're behind the truck today in new york city, the truck says, need camel? and then there is a telephone. >> brian: here is something else that's interesting about the nativity scene, it's real. the reason why it's real is because all of the atheist high school a problem with the display out in santa monica. so a very resourceful series of christian groups said, you can not stop me and my worship of
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the lord and we will continue to display this nativity scene each and every year. it's been going for 60 years in santa monica, which i used to live around that area. >> steve: by the way, brian, this exact in nativity scene, te people and the animals were down in front of the supreme court across the street from the u.s. capitol yesterday, just to remind them of the reason for the season and according to one of the reverends who joined us earlier, it was very well received. >> brian: i know. it's well received. i was interviewing pen from penn and teller and he's not for the display, but he's a proud atheist and he believes he should have an opportunity to put his display of nonworship next to that. that's what's causing the problem and as you know, costing the city of santa monica a lot of money to fight for their rights to display the nativity scene. >> steve: you know what? that's a real baby there and folks, don't worry. i know it's 30 degrees outside burks the baby is warmed up. they've got some sort of heating element inside the manger.
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>> brian: by the way, no drummer boy. there was really a drummer boy. remember last year we discussed this? >> steve: it was quite a debate. >> brian: it was a snare drum. not a bass drum. it was a drummer there. >> steve: brian, keep your voice down. the baby is sleeping. >> brian: i'm going to call an audible and let's go to our interview. mike tyson making headlines, recently revealing back in the 1980s, his estranged wife, robin givens and actor brad pitt had a secret affair. joining us right now, the man with one of the most electrifying lives in and out of the ring you could possibly imagine, iron mike tyson, broadway star. welcome to "fox & friends." >> thank much. thank you, guys. thank you. always look forward to be here. >> brian: i've never seen you -- first off, i don't know if you can see a monitor, what i'm holding up is sports illustrated , 1986. 19-year-old mike tie son, future heavyweight champ of the world. 15-0 at the time.
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they talked about how hard you hit and how fast you were and how great you could be. did you live up to your potential? >> i don't know. my career was just a blur, you know. i can't answer that question. i can't say i'm great. only thing i could do is go by what people tell me and people's opinion is. i can't make that opinion of how great i am or how good i am. i have to leave that up to the fans. >> brian: right. at that time, no doubt you were the best in the world at the time and people were saying, may be the greatest ever. do you feel as though if you put more discipline in your mid 20s to mid 30s, like did you in your teens to young 20s, that you would have been the greatest of all time, in your mind? >> well, listen, it would have been hard to beat mohammed ali at any time, i don't care how great you were. it's hard to say become the greatest. what is a great accomplishment is that they know my name. i think that's for a guy like me, that's great accomplishment
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just to have my peers know who i am. that's the overwhelming opinion of fighters in general. >> brian: you starred on broadway. you put it out in las vegas. then you hook up with spike lee and go on broadway v a long run. what are you doing now with the story of your life? >> we're going on tour, 36-city tour. we're starting in february 11 in indianapolis and then going to go all over the nation. >> brian: what did spike lee bring to the production? it got rave reviews. as you walked out on stage and just yourself talking about your life, the highs and lows. when you hooked up with spike lee, what did he bring to the production? >> he brought the dynamics of which i had no idea, about catching -- the right moment, the right stance, which i had no idea because i'm not stage
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proficient and the way spike is. so he showed me certain ways to sit and stand, certain ways to approach the stage and it was electrifying. it's amazing. >> brian: right. mike, you opened up to, because of "hangover," talked about doing that, you ballooned up and got heaviment you were doing a lot of drugs at the time. most people on the outside of your inner circle did not know that. when did the drug use start and when did you realize this was a problem you had to tackle? >> i can't believe nobody in my inner circle didn't know i was getting high -- >> brian: i'm saying i was on the outer circle. >> excuse me? >> brian: no, i was on the outer circle. [ laughter ] >> oh, i'm sorry. i don't know. maybe the guys watching me weren't close enough. >> brian: i'm sitting there interviewing you without a shirt on, you're ripped, 220 pounds, i thought this guy is at the prime of his life. 34 years ole, he's going to become champ again.
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in reality, you were doing a lot of coke. >> yeah, really a great deal of it, too. i'm so happy i'm not doing it no more. but yeah. that seem like a hectic moment in my life. >> brian: yeah. just can't believe you were able to pull it off. do you ever think to yourself, you're 47 now, now that you're drug free for the first time in a long time, if you got into shape again and there is not much out there outside the kitchenco brothers, you could make millions upon millions of dollars, fight light weights and then become champion again. >> no way! no way! no way! because if i had that same -- of course to fight, i have to have that same state of mind, i'm the baddest man on the planet. if i was that way, i could never be married, my wife and kids would hate my guts. nobody would like me. i like this guy right now. i don't want to fight no more. i want to make people laugh and stuff and give charities for children and homeless and things like that. it was good for a stint, he ran
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his course, truly. >> brian: right. you think i could take you right now? >> i don't think so. [ laughter ] >> brian: all right. mike, good luck on the series, on this cross-country series of the story of your life and find out more ticket information, go on to facebook/miketyson and you'll find out where he is on tour. it's really a great show. mike thanks so much for dropping by. >> thank you very much. >> brian: next, we have christmas story. they are here live. you'll see a scene from the success of the broadway play. martha mccallum could have been a broadway star but she focused on news and for that we're grateful. >> good morning, brian. that was very interesting with mike tyson. we have some very serious stuff coming up here on "america's newsroom" this morning. syria is -- loading it into weapons. that story has been confirmed. that threatens the lives of thousands of people in syria.
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>> gretchen: been look forward to it. we're joined by the cast of the show "a christmas story". the crew is here. to now they're going to sing for you. take it away. ♪ silly contest. >> another one of my silly contests. ♪ the wheels keep spinning ♪ another exhausting climb uphill ♪ ♪ i always come close to all
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